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Fossil Fuels: Research

Question for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

UIN 221347, tabled on 20 January 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much research and development funding has been directed towards the oil and gas sector since 2010; and what proportion that is of all UK research and development funding in that period.

Answered on

27 January 2015

The latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics for expenditure on research and development performed in business enterprises (BERD) can be found here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_385959.pdf.

Relevant data extracted from this report on expenditure on R&D performed in the extractive industries product group over 2010 - 2013 is given in the table below.

Year

2010

2011

2012

2013

BERD expenditure on R&D in extractive industries

product group (£m)

114

194

215

225

% of total BERD expenditure on R&D in extractive industries

product group

0.7

1.1

1.3

1.3

Answered by

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills